Things to do
This is a great time of year to explore the coastal area of South Carolina by kayak. This popular water sport is one that more and more people are trying and finding out how much fun it can be. It’s very peaceful and relaxing yet you can get a gentle upper body workout at the same time. If you’ve experienced calm water kayaking and white water kayaking you will find that ocean kayaking is a combination of the two. When you’re looking for where to rent kayaks in Myrtle Beach, check out any one of the following businesses where you will be set up with a rental and either go out on your own or sign up for a guided tour.
Paddling a kayak is a great way to explore the local rivers, channels and other waterways. If the big ocean is more than you want to tackle, at least initially, check out the Intracoastal Waterway. There’s a lot of exploring you can do and if you enjoy nature be sure to keep an eye out for what might be hanging around on the banks and along the water’s edge.
Downwind Sails Watersports
2915 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Downwind Sails offers single and double ocean kayak rentals by the hour. No prior experience is required for this activity, but come prepared to get wet! You will be provided with life jackets and state of the art paddles that will help you enjoy your workout while relaxing on vacation! If this is your first time kayaking, you’re going to love it!
Island Adventure Watersports
5843 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach
Paddling a kayak is a fun and relaxing way to spend some time outdoors and is easy enough for all skill levels. The experienced staff at Island Adventure Watersports will provide all necessary instruction as you prepare for your outing. We have tandem kayaks and single kayaks available. Since we are located in the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, the paddling experience is rather inviting and lots of fun! Call them to plan your water adventure this summer or fall!
Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions
241 Main St., North Myrtle Beach
Rent a kayak for a few hours or the whole day and take you and your family or friends on an adventure. Both single and tandem sit-in kayaks are available for rental. Explore the beautiful Cherry Grove salt water creeks. Paddle out to the private Waites Island and spend the day relaxing. Enjoy the solitude and serenity that only kayaking can provide. Guided kayak tours to Waites Island, the Waccamaw River and Cherry Grove Marsh among other places area available in the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach area of the Grand Strand.
If there’s one thing that unites every vacation itinerary, it’s food. Whether your idea of a vacation is relaxing on the beach or in a cozy mountain lodge, the dining choices you make while on the trip can make or break the whole experience. It’s ironic that this is the case, because the majority of vacationers completely forget to make dining plans before they leave. That’s why we decided to create this list of the best places to get food within walking distance of the Sandy Beach Resort. If you’re staying at the resort (or even in the general area), you can’t go wrong with any of the following dining suggestions.
First on our list is Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, located along Farrow Parkway in Myrtle Beach. This South Carolina staple was opened 20 years ago, with the unique intention of following the German Purity Law. This means that Gordon Biersch uses only the highest-quality Weyermann Malt from Bamberg, Germany and authentic Bavarian Hersbrucker hops and filtered water. The restaurant itself serves traditional bar food, with a high-class twist. A good example is their “Beer-Battered Fish Sliders”, a delicious take on a bar-food classic.
Our next restaurant suggestion for those in the Sandy Beach Resort area is The Bowery, located on 9th Avenue in North Myrtle Beach. This country-music mecca opened in 1944, and it’s live music stage has been played by country music’s best and brightest ever since. In fact, the band Alabama, who were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, had their start as the Bowery’s house band from 1973-1980 and still play there many times a year. Speaking of accolades, a waiter for The Bowery named Scuba Osborne is in the Guinness Book of World Records for carrying 34 mugs of beer without a tray. The restaurant itself serves delicious traditional style bar food, like “Tammy’s Grilled Bologna Sandwich”.
Third on our list is the delightfully authentic Villa Romana Italian Restaurant, located along S Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach SC. This restaurant originally opened in 1985, and has been serving up savory traditional Italian cuisine ever since. The recipes for the four-to-five course dinners at Villa Romana are mainly family recipes passed down through the generations from the famous Italian chef Mamma Lucia. Villa Romana’s italian cuisine, combined with it’s traditional statues, chandeliers, columns, and a centerpiece fountain will truly transport you to the heart of Italy (all within walking distance of Sandy Beach Resort).
Pier House Restaurant
The second to last restaurant on our list is the famous Pier House Restaurant, located on the 2nd Avenue pier on North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. The pier itself has been in existence since 1936, even though it’s been destroyed and rebuilt three times due to hurricanes Hazel, David, and Hugo. Because of the restaurant’s location on the pier, you’ll have unrivaled views of the Atlantic Ocean from any seat. On the menu you’ll find beach-themed breakfast, salads, sandwiches, and steaks. An example is their “Wahoo” breakfast omelet, with andouille sausage, shrimp, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and pepper jack cheese.
Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood
Last but certainly not least on our list of the top places to get food around Sandy Beach Resort is Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood, located on S Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. This truly Carolinian style of cooking is defined by lightly-breaded seafood with large portions – and nobody does it like Captain Benjamin. The restaurant opened it’s doors back in 1988, and has been a treasured part of Myrtle Beach dining ever since.
In case none of these restaurants are enough to wet your tastebuds, here are a few honorable mentions:
Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
I Love Sugar
Candy super-store perfect for your kids or inner child.
Landshark Bar & Grill
Traditional American cuisine with a coastal twist.
Classic diner food, complete with nostalgia-inducing root-beer floats.
What comes to your mind when you think of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? Is it the heat of summertime? Maybe the aroma salt water mixed with the scent of suntan lotion? Or is it something more practical like the many activities you look forward to participating in once you arrive? Following are 11 of the most popular events that turn our thoughts to Myrtle Beach for a vacation any time of the year.
You haven’t had your breath taken away quite like you will when you arrive to the beach early in the morning and watch the sun come up. It’s an awesome way to start the day.
2. Best Golf…Ever!
More than 110 championship golf courses can’t be wrong! This is the best place to play golf while challenging your best game on the East Coast.
3. Yummy Barbecue
In the South, we know our barbecue. No matter what type you’re looking for you’ll find it right here in the Grand Strand area. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss the Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival in September!
4. Myrtle Beach Skywheel
For the best view of the South Carolina coastline, come on down to 1110 N. Ocean Blvd. and take a ride on the SkyWheel — no matter what the weather.
5. Hot Summer Nights at the Boardwalk
Free events every night all summer long! Kidz Carnival on Monday night. Live Music concert series Tues., Thurs., and Sat. Fireworks shows with live music on Wednesday. Boardwalk’s Got Talent on Friday. “Boardwalk Elvis” performs every Friday and Sunday along with other acts.
7. Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are a Class A advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Home games are played on TicketReturn.com Field, 1251 21st Ave North, Myrtle Beach, with fireworks following the games.
8. Brookgreen Gardens
This sculpture garden and wildlife preserve is located just south of Murrells Inlet. Named one of the Top 10 Gardens in the US by TripAdvisor, it’s a restful place to spend the day. Located at 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet.
9. Myrtle Beach Watersports
Myrtle Beach Watersports offers adventure tours, jet ski rentals, dolphin watch tours, Shawn’s Backwater Adventure, jet ski dolphin watch tours, surf lessons & rentals, parasailing, banana boats and pontoon boat rentals. Located at 8201 Marina Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
10. Bike Week
Each year thousands of motorcycle affectionados attend the Myrtle Beach Spring Rally and Fall Rally right here in Myrtle Beach.
11. Murrells Inlet Marshwalk
Here’s where you’ll find the best seafood restaurants along the coast. Known as the “Seafood Capitol of South Carolina” Murrells Inlet Marshwalk will occupy your entire evening with a stroll, dinner, shopping and live music.
When you’re bringing your family to Myrtle Beach for a vacation playing in the ocean surf and building sandcastles is just the beginning of all the fun you will have. The Grand Strand area offers a wealth of opportunities for family fun. Hard as it was to decide, we picked the top five family friendly things to do in Myrtle Beach when you decide it’s time to venture away from the oceanfront and check out what the area has to offer.
Wild Water & Wheels
910 Highway 17 South
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
This is an amusement park and a water park combined! There are 24 water slides including the Dark Hole that was recently described by Southern Living Magazine as the “best scary ride” in Myrtle Beach. There’s the Free Fall Cliff Dive where sliders can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour! Visitors can relax on a 950-foot lazy river, splash around in eight unique types of waves in the wave pool, unwind in the adult lounge pool, or get their bouncy on in bumper boats.
If you like Go Karts the Race Zone offers five different types of go-karts. There is a specially designed junior racers track for kids ages six to nine and a speed racers course for ages 12 and up.
Enjoy the kiddie rides, a miniature golf course with 18 holes, cabanas to rent, a food court with snack bar, gift shop and picnic area.
8500 Enterprise Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
This amazing animal sanctuary on 500 acres features a collection of more than 100 species of exotic and domestic animals housed along winding, scenic trails and beneath shady trees. Take in the natural setting and engaging wildlife with your family, enjoy food from the snack shop and see tons of creatures up close and personal including herds of buffalo and zebra, leopards, lions, cougars, and tigers. Oh my! Don’t miss Chico the chimp, the zoo’s own mascot.
Broadway at the Beach
Highway 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
There is plenty to see and do for the whole family at Broadway at the Beach that goes way beyond the numerous shops and restaurants. Check these out:
Magiquest – An interactive live-action, role playing game where players of all ages can embark on quests and adventures in an enchanted fantasy world using “real” magic wands to solve the mysteries of the game.
Ripley’s Aquarium – Complete fun, adventure and education can be discovered here for the entire family. The 1.4 million gallon aquarium features 12-foot sharks and over 10,000 exotic sea creatures.
Wonderworks – Try the more than 100 interactive exhibits, rides, games and attractions at this museum — aka “The Upside Down House” — one of the most popular things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach!
The Hollywood Wax Museum – Get into the action and take pictures with your favorite stars. Peek into the Prop Vault, dance with the stars, tiptoe through a laser maze, and more.
Pavilion Nostgalia Park – Relive past memories with some of the best rides and attractions from the original Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park including the Pirate Ship, Frog Hopper, the Herschel-Spillman Carousel and Baden Band German pipe organ.
300 S Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Water Park are the only oceanfront attractions in the Grand Strand. At Family Kingdom Amusement Park there are more than 35 rides ranging from kiddie attractions to spine-chilling thrill rides. The historic Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster is popular among visitors looking to take a hair-raising ride, while the modern, steel Twist ‘N Shout roller coaster is one of six new rides recently unveiled. New additions include the Slingshot DropZone, which drops passengers to a 110-foot free fall, the Kite Flyer that will have you soaring through the sky in Superman style, Dune Buggies & Magic Bikes, and the Frog Hopper and Flight School rides.
At Splashes Water Park you can zip down the twisting Flume Slides and zoom down the towering Speed Slides before splashing into the cool landing pools. Smaller slides and a kiddie aquatic playground are available for the smaller set and a huge Lazy River allows the less brave a relaxing change of pace.
Unlike other amusement and water parks in the area, admission to both Family Kingdom attractions is free so parents or grandparents who want to come along for the fun but not the rides can enjoy family time. All-day passes to either or both parks are available and specific armbands allow for limited or unlimited rides.
Shipwreck Island Adventure Golf
3301 South Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Visitors can join a stranded band of pirates on their quest to find their buried treasure and misplaced booty on Shipwreck Island. Climb aboard the wrecked ship, the Myrtle Maiden, then putt your way through palm trees, flowing streams and waterfalls while following the treasure map. Shipwreck Island is one of the newest and more modern courses on the Grand Strand. Get ready because this may just be the most fun you’ve ever had playing miniature golf!
Great news for Market Common lovers. Tupelo Honey Cafe have recently announced plans to open in early 2015. The Asheville, NC based restaurant prides itself on made-from-scratch mountain south cuisine. Executive chef, Brian Sonoskus, will bring his creative vision to Howard Avenue and we all cannot wait to try his unique spins on shrimp and grits and cajun skillet catfish.
This will be the 9th restaurant for Tupelo Honey Cafe that residents and recurring visitors to the beach will surely enjoy. The restaurant will be an impressive 8,000 square feet and will have approximately 270 seats with outdoor seating and a bar. While maintaining the integrity of the dishes, Tupelo Honey Cafe will certainly reflect a beachy feel to mesh with the aesthetic.
The Market Common opened in 2008 and has continued to grow immensely. Resting on a former Air Force Base, this residential and commercial combination lifestyle brings a different twist to beach living. With shops, a movie theater, lots of dining, a fantastic park and residential living all in one centralized area, the beauty of Market Common is that one can enjoy the access of so much within their living quarters.
2014 marked an amazing year for the Market Common area. With the addition of several new businesses and plans for several more, this ever-expanding community is poised for a fantastic future. And the recent completion of an addition on-ramp has eased the flow of traffic considerably. Below is a list of new stores and restaurants that opened this year in Market Common.
Co. Sushi – Vietnamese inspired sushi restaurant. With a full sushi menu along with several traditional Vietnamese dishes, this modern restaurant perfectly accentuates Market Common’s vibe.
Crepe Creation Cafe – Who doesn’t love crepes? With savory, sweet and everything in between, this unique cafe uses the freshest ingredients to create hand made crepes for you.
Coastal Urge – A clothing store to match your outdoor lifestyle, Coastal Urge has a wide selection of outdoor apparel, shoes, swimwear and childrens’ wear. Coastal Urge also has the latest in coastal gear such as paddle boards, bicycles and surfing equipment.
For more information about the Market Common and its shops, check them out here.
"Once again I was not disappointed staying at the Sandy Beach Resort. I have tried staying at other hotels so save a little bit of money, but always end up leaving that place even before we spend the night, and driving to the Sandy Beach Resort where we know it is clean and friendly."
Amy | NY
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This is a great time of year to explore the coastal area of South Carolina by kayak. This popular water sport is one that more and more people are trying and finding out how much fun it can be. It’s very peaceful and relaxing yet you can get a gentle upper body workout at the… Read More »